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Why enter an Art Competition?

  1. It is difficult to get representation in commercial galleries and the museum sector. Your participation in a quality art competition gives you validation and visibility to help you along the way.

  2. You will get valuable practice working to a deadline, which will focus your efforts and make appropriate artistic decisions along the way.

  3. If you achieve winner or honourable mention status, your work has officially been recognized. This recognition can help you secure exhibitions, sales, and commissions.

  4. Your work will be seen by industry peers and recruiters.

  5. Your entry fee supports the art community. Even if you don’t win a prize, you are contributing to the various opportunities extended to artists, all of which are designed to support their growth and success in the art world.

  6. Marketing! You can reach a much wider audience than what you otherwise might be able to achieve on your own. Contest entries are often promoted via the organizer’s social media accounts, websites, art catalogues, etc. Even if your entry is featured just once on a high-profile account, the chances that it may be seen by a gallerist, collector or other art influencer greatly increases.

  7. Art collectors and champions love to elevate truly worthy talent, so they often check competition entries in search of gems. They then share their findings with colleagues, social media followers and friends, which can result in commissions, group exhibitions, and gallery representation, among other marketing opportunities.

  8. It shows you are a serious artist. By investing in a competition, you show you are serious about your work, which causes art enthusiasts to be more likely to invest in you.

  9. Competition is good! You will learn from the experience, and appreciate what you have to do to attract more attention to your work. You could also gain inspiration from your peers. You’ll also gain valuable insight from Gain insight through comments, suggestions, observations from others.

We like the opinions of John Potoschnik, an established artist who has a great article on art competitions entitled Pros and Cons of Art Competitions.

Why Viali?


VAC is a competition for emerging artists. Only emerging artists! We’re helping give a leg up to those who have not yet established themselves in galleries and have yet to create a self—sustaining business from their work.


VAC is professionally judged, by a certified professional art consultant with years of experience and a proven track record in the art world.


Truly ethical art competitions use submission fees to pay for the various prizes and perks that they award to their winners. That’s what happens at VAC – your entry fees are going to the artists, to fund prizes and promotion for the artists.


All entries will be shown and promoted on the VAC website, for at least a year. You’ll get the benefit of exposure to national and international collectors, galleries, and more.

Why CaFÉ


The VAC uses the CaFÉ Call for Entry platform for artists. Why do we use this?


  1. CaFÉ ensures that all entries are properly described and entered. Entry fees are securely processed with state of the art payment systems. It then offers a robust means of reviewing and judging all entries efficiently and fairly. This relieves Viali of the overhead of building and maintaining a sophisticated platform such as CaFÉ.

  2. We believe CaFÉ is the best of all such platforms:

    • Proven platform with over 2 million entries to date.

    • Over 145,000 registered artists.

    • Over 6,000 Calls for Entry since 2005.

    • 170 calls active at any one time.

    • A support help line you can call or email for assistance during working hours.

  3. Once you register with CaFÉ, you can register with any other of their calls for entry with your existing profile. You can then manage all your entries for all calls from a single dashboard.


Your entries are in good hands with CaFÉ! Learn more about this platform here, or read their media kit.

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